Butternut Squash and Sage Risotto
Did you know that if you cure edible squash like butternut, spaghetti, pie pumpkins, delicata, and kabocha among others in the fall after harvesting that they’ll most likely last you throughout the entire winter and into early spring? It’s pretty remarkable and something that your and my ancestors did with their pumpkin and squash crops to provide food for their families in the winter. Squash makes an excellent winter meal and fills the belly quickly, plus it can typically stretch itself well in a meal.
I made sure to cure all of our squash this past autumn for this very reason. We have been enjoying what’s left of our stash over the past handful of months, and I still somehow have plenty of butternut to go around! It’s by far my favorite winter squash to eat and cook with. I made this risotto in the hopes to spice up our squash eating habits, which tend to lean towards soups and stews. I did not realize how easy risotto is to make! If you have a crockpot, you are in for a real treat. This is delicious!
Ingredients + Recipe
2 tbsp butter or olive oil
1 onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp sage, chopped
1 3/4 cup rice
6 cups broth
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 tsp salt
pepper to taste
3 cups peeled and chopped butternut squash
1 cup parmesan
Saute the onion, garlic, and sage in olive oil a medium pot over medium-hight heat, about 2-5 minutes. Stir in the rice and cook, stirring constantly, until toasted. Pour in the broth and wine and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper.
Once boiling, add the mixture to a crockpot. Stir in the butternut squash.
Cover and let cook on high for 2 hours.
Stir in the parmesan.
Serve warm, garnish with extra sage leaves.
An easy meal like this that is healthy and delicious is always refreshing to find. I love a good crockpot recipe because I can often catch up on some housework, read a few chapters in my book, or watch a movie while I wait for it cook. What do you like to do in those simple quiet minutes and hours of cooking?
I hope you enjoy this recipe! It’s perfectly cozy and satisfying.